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Obama doubts North Korea nuclear missile capability

US President Barack Obama said in an interview aired Tuesday that he did not believe North Korea could yet arm a missile with a nuclear warhead, but predicted new provocations from Pyongyang. Obama also said he hoped that the isolated state, which has rattled Asia with a string of provocative…

Iraq executes 21 men in one day on ‘terror’ charges

Iraq put 21 men to death on Tuesday, a senior justice ministry official told AFP, the latest in a series of mass executions that have drawn international condemnation. All of the men were Iraqis and had been convicted on anti-terror charges, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The…

‘Gang of 8′ immigration proposal includes 5-year citizenship process for DREAMers

Undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. would have a 13-year process toward citizenship, but younger immigrants could apply to become citizens in as little as five years as part of the immigration proposal designed by the Senate’s “Gang of 8″ and released late Tuesday. Reuters reported that young immigrants…

Indian ‘witch doctor’ sentenced to death for beheading 11-year-old boy

An Indian “witch doctor” who beheaded an 11-year-old boy and offered the head as a sacrifice to a goddess to improve his fortunes has been sentenced to death, police said Tuesday. A local court in impoverished Chhattisgarh state in central India convicted 32-year-old Dilip Rathia on Monday of murder and…

Social media pushes China into dealing with bird flu outbreak

Photos of 10 dead sparrows on a Chinese pavement that went viral on social media and drew a swift official response show how hard covering up a bird flu outbreak would be in the Internet age. China has won international praise for its transparency on the H7N9 strain, which has…

Syrian president’s new amnesty offer waives death penalty for war crimes

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has issued a general amnesty for crimes committed in the war-torn country prior to Tuesday, state news agency SANA reported. “President Assad has issued decree number 23, granting a general amnesty for crimes committed before April 16, 2013,” said the agency. Under the decree, “the death…

Japanese court fines Google for linking man to criminal activity

A court in Japan has told Google it must de-link words in its autocomplete function to prevent the search engine suggesting criminal acts when users type one man’s name. The Monday ruling by Tokyo District Court was the first time a court in Japan has ordered the search giant to…

Kidnapped Saudi diplomat releases video plea from Yemen

A Saudi diplomat held hostage by Al-Qaeda in Yemen for more than a year has urged the kingdom to secure his release, in a new video published by the extremist network’s media arm. Abdullah al-Khalidi, Saudi’s deputy consul in the southern port of Aden, was dressed in a traditional black…

Boston blast prompts security review for London Marathon

Police and security chiefs on Tuesday reviewed security arrangements for the London Marathon after organisers said the race would go ahead this weekend in the wake of the bombings which caused carnage at the Boston Marathon. Sports Minister Hugh Robertson said he was “absolutely confident” that the London race could…

Experts baffled as malnourished sea lions invade southern California

Peter Wallerstein realized something was seriously wrong when a sea lion pup turned up seven miles inland at a cellphone store in California. The number of the starving animals stranded along the southern California coastline has been rising since January, but usually they were just found on beaches. Now they…

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